Opioid Dependency Among Veterans and Big Pharma’s Involvement

Across the country, many of our veterans carry the physical and emotional scars of war. Unfortunately, big pharma, specifically Purdue Pharma, saw their tragic situation as a source of profit, despite knowing full well that peddling painkillers to veterans would lead to addiction, dysfunction, and death.

If you are a veteran of the U.S. military who has been prescribed OxyContin or another painkiller and have suffered as a result, you may be able to file a legal claim against the drug’s manufacturer. At the Bertling Law Group, our compassionate lawyers guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit and help you obtain the compensation you need to get your life back.

How Purdue used “Exit Wounds” campaign to sell OxyContin to vets

Using the American Pain Foundation, Purdue launched the “Exit Wounds” campaign to falsely convince veterans that OxyContin was safe and ideal for a wide range of injuries and disabilities. The campaign provided a website with a plethora of literature detailing how OxyContin was effective and innocuous. They claimed that the drug was completely harmless for chronic pain, even when used for many years — a claim they knew to be untrue. They even told veterans that chronic pain sufferers could not get hooked on OxyContin

Big pharma encouraged doctors to sell opioids

Another despicable trend carried out by big pharma was to encourage doctors to overprescribe opioids like OxyContin to veterans and other chronic pain sufferers whenever possible. In fact, Purdue even paid doctors to say that only those prone to addiction were at risk of abusing OxyContin.

Opioids are not a long-term solution for chronic pain

Due to their high risk of abuse, opioids should be a last resort for non-cancerous pain and not a go-to solution. Clinical trials have found that they only provide modest relief that is slightly better than placebos. And, this relief is often at the cost of symptoms such as nausea, constipation, daytime drowsiness, sleeping problems, and constipation.

Some doctors have found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen provide the same level of pain relief. Further, non-drug treatments such as physical therapy, exercise, acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy should be sought first. Opioids can lead to depression, addiction, job loss, and death from overdose.

Experienced opioid lawyers can help you rebuild your life

The attorneys at the Bertling Law Group have more than 30 years of legal experience. Understanding and tenacious, we provide personalized attention and never back down. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim, contact us at 844-295-7558.